Celestial Sevens

Celestial Sevens - Planets The ancient world knew of seven

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Celestial Sevens Slide 4-35: VEDDER: The Pleides Cayley. Classical Myths in English Literature. Boston: Ginn 1893 p. 146 Seven is one of the main astrological numbers. Since 4 lunar phases made a complete lunar cycle of 28 days, each phase was 7 days, which defines the week. There are seven stars in the Pleides. Many a night I saw the Pleides, rising thro' the mellow shade, Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid. From Locksley Hall by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92) Slide 4-36: Big Dipper National Geographic Map There are seven stars in the Big Dipper, the most prominent of the "indestructible" stars, the circumpolar.
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From Homer's Iliad we have; ". . . and the bear, which revolves in its place and watches Orion, and alone of [the stars] never takes a bath in the ocean." There are seven colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet We'll have more about the rainbow as an art motif later.
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Unformatted text preview: Planets The ancient world knew of seven "planets" and identified them with the days of the week. Day Planet Sunday Sun Monday Moon Tuesday Mars Wednesday Mercury Thursday Jupiter Friday Venus Saturday Saturn Wisdom Seven is often used as a number of wisdom. From the Old Testament, Proverbs 9:1: "Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars" The Flood Slide 4-37: DORE: The Deluge O. M. Dunham. "Bible Gallery," 1880 Other Sevens from the Old Testament include the great flood. Noah had seven days to prepare before the flood. He was commanded to take seven pair of clean beasts and birds. "Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens , the male and the female: and of beasts that are not clean by two , the male and the female." Clean and unclean spelled out in Leviticus Chapter 11, where clean meant ritually pure, similar to what we consider Kosher....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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